FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2022
Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, 802-448-0838
REP. EMMA MULVANEY-STANAK LAUNCHES REELECTION CAMPAIGN FOR VERMONT HOUSE (DISTRICT CHITTENDEN 17)
Burlington, VT- State Representative Emma Mulvaney-Stanak (she/her) (P/D) announced today she is seeking re-election to the Vermont House for district Chittenden 17. She will be seeking the Democratic nomination and Progressive endorsement.
“In my first term, I worked tirelessly to modernize our unemployment system and increase benefits for claimants, strengthen equal pay laws, and protect workers’ rights on the job,” said Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak. “Working people don’t have paid lobbyists in Montpelier. That’s why I’m proud to champion the issues that matter most to working families like mine.”
Rep. Mulvaney-Stanak introduced several economic justice bills last biennium including:
H.616 to create an Unemployment Advocate Office to support Vermonters in navigating the complicated unemployment system and resolve disputed claims
H.615 to strengthen equal pay laws by adding race and gender identity to protected categories of workers and requiring more wage transparency by employers
H.239 to support workplace rights with predictable work schedules and just cause termination rights for workers.
“I was inspired to run for elected office in 2020 because I saw how few elected leaders held first-hand experience of what it is like to be a working person raising a young family in Vermont today. As a mother of a 7 year old and 2 year old, I recently experienced the struggle of returning to work too early because I lacked paid family leave and the juggling act of affording child care,” shared Rep. Mulvaney-Stanak. “I am running for reelection because our economy is broken, our communities are suffering and we cannot wait for the federal government to solve our problems. We need urgent action from people who get it.” Rep. Mulvaney-Stanak concluded, “ I’m just getting started in Montpelier, and I ask my neighbors to send me back so I can keep fighting for working families.”
Rep. Mulvaney-Stanak served on the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee in her first term. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the House Progressive Caucus and as a member of the Working Vermonters’ Caucus, Rainbow Caucus (LGBTQIA+ legislators), Social Equity Caucus, Women’s Caucus and Climate Solutions Caucus. Rep. Mulvaney-Stanak also led the Burlington delegation in advancing Burlington’s five charter change items in the last biennium on ranked choice voting, just cause eviction rights for tenants, thermal energy assessments, modifying the airport commission composition and updating outdated sex worker language in the city charter. She won Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s (VBSR) Legislator of the Year Award in 2021 as a first year legislator in recognition of her commitment to advocating for equitable employer practices.
Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak began her economic justice career advocating and winning the first-ever cost-of-living annual adjustment to the Vermont minimum wage and later a similar increase to the tipper minimum wage. She went on to lead organizing and leadership development work for Vermont-NEA, the state’s largest labor union. She became a nationally recognized speaker and trainer on labor organizing during her decade-long tenure at the union. She now leads her own consulting business, EMStrategies LLC, to advance social change strategies with non-profits, school districts, and labor unions.
Prior to serving in the Vermont legislature, Mulvaney-Stanak served on the Burlington City Council from 2009-2012 and as State Chair of the Vermont Progressive Party from 2013-2017. Mulvaney-Stanak has served on various non-profit boards including the Vermont Women’s Fund, the Haymarket People’s Fund, Governor’s Institutes of Vermont and most recently, Robin’s Nest Child Care Center located in the Old North End. She is a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute and Smith College with a degree in political science. Originally from Barre, Vermont, she lives in the Old North End with her wife, Megan and two small children.
For more information and to read more about the dozen bills Rep. Mulvaney-Stanak introduced in her first session go to www.emmaforvthouse.com.